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Newcastle Not Yet Finished In This Transfer Window

We expect Newcastle to announce their seventh signing of the summer, when Facundo Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk is announced  tomorrow,  or at the latest on Tuesday – since the deal is already done and dusted.

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But we don;t think that will be it for Newcastle in the transfer market, and we could see a striker and a central midfield player arrive before the transfer window ends on September 1st.

Two Lyon players Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette are still on Newcastle’s radar screen, but any of these signings will probably take place late in the window.

Newcastle need a central midfielder to take over from the departed Yohan Cabaye, and we need a player with skill, flair and creativity if we are to replace Yohan for the this coming season.

And another striker that Newcastle are still monitoring is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has recently said he doesn’t want to leave the German club – but Dortmund may be willing to let him go before September rolls around – and we was our top transfer target last summer.

And the Loic Remy situation is still a fluid one, and if no big club comes in for him and it gets late in the transfer window, don’t be too surprised if Newcastle make one more attempt to sign him.

But it’s also true that a number of Newcastle fans have been (completely) turned off the French International, because he simply doesn’t seem to want to join Newcastle.

And Newcastle looked poor in defense in the first half yesterday in the 3-1 defeat by Malaga, and we need to bring in another defender, maybe a center-back to solidly our defense, which has been a Newcastle weakness over the last two seasons.

So even though we have successfully brought in seven good players so far this summer, we don’t expect Facundo Ferreyra to be our last  summer signing.

What do you think?

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173 comments so far

  • toonarmyhk

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it just me or are we seriously lacking a decent CB more than anything else… we have the players to cope with a couple hits to the midfield and striking department now but I am not reading enough about us being linked to CBs…

  • Tsunki

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Expatmag – Im not missing your point at all, those are all valid excuses for any manager, my point being is that when allor most of those things are crossed off, wil l we see any difference in the tactics, style and effectiveness of Pardews game? I say based on his time here, no. And I dont hate the guy, I just think he is inadequate for nufc.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Lilongwe…WC players do not need to be away this long unless they are injured or fatigue is a problem.

    We don’t have the luxury teams like Man Utd have; if the coach wants to rebuild alot and try out new stuff, we need our players back and they need to sort out our goal scoring and goal leaking problems before August 3th.

    This look like we are going to start this campaign like we ended it last season.

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4


    I agree he is inadequate but he will hsve to play a more pass and move game due to the personnel he now has at his disposal. We no longer have the players who can play to a longball game

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    The logic of the pre-season planning must now be cast in doubt – flying to New Zealand and then almost immediately a torno in Germany with 2 games on consecutive days.The tourno format surely is not conducive to establishing a mode of playing/tactics (viz -all the changes that will have to be made to complete these games).
    After today there are only two friendlies left to get things sorted out.

  • Stephen Keegan

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Toonarmyhk lacking 2 CB, collo, Taylor and Williamson are all average, not the type of players which will help us push for top 6 and m’biwa still not comfortable. Shame we don’t have a solid experienced CB anymore as you could pair him with one of our any younger CB’s!

  • geordie1892

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I actually think pardew gets labeled with this goofball tag far too often. If u watch our games, yes we do play long balls, but we also try to knock it around a bit.

    Our biggest flaw IMO is that we have so many player back defending when we get to the halfway line we have no options other than to hot a hopefully 30-40 yard through ball to the lone CF.

    As i was saying yesterday Pardews 4-2-3-1 is really a defensive 4-5-1 with very little attacking threat

  • geordie1892

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Goofball – goofball (although goofball could be accurate in some games last year)

  • geordie1892

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m going back to bed. Hoofball!

  • geordie157

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    A commanding no nonsense centre back is priority. Striker can wait til Jan if need be.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think we can wait until January for a proven striker. A team is only as good as the strikers you have. The game is all about goals. We nearly won the the league with that philosophy under KK and SBR had the same idea. Play MBIWA at CB not FB because he will never make a FB as long as the planet keeps spinning. We need a striker NOW with the back up of Cisse, Rivierie and our young ones. Yes, another CB would be a good thing because Steven Taylor is past his best but IMO, a striker of proven quality is imperitive. STILL waiting for Ba replacement. How much longer do the club carry on without a top striker at the club permanent?

  • Newcastleforlife

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    what needs to be done b4 transfer window closes…

    1. Jonas
    2.Shane Ferguson
    3. Gabriel Obertan
    4. Steve Taylor
    5. Ryan Taylor
    6. Hatem Ben Arfa(i like him to stay.. but)
    7. Sammy Ameobi
    in this order

    1. Fabian Schar
    2. Sertic(if sissoko is used a winger) or andre ayew

    give cisse, riviere and fayerra chance till Jan
    Pardew’s target – top 8

    out on loan:
    1. Campell
    2. aaron
    3. gillinghead
    4. birigana
    5. good

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13


    The two things which annoy the shit out of me regarding the way we play are the total lack of movement by players ahead of the player in possession and the total lack of pressure put on opposition players in possession

    These are the basics of the game and should be practised every single day at training

  • Slank

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Newcastleforlife @ 12

    How big would you reckon our squad would be if we sold and loaned out all the players you have quoted ?

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Either s.tay or willo has to go and replaced
    By one of these:
    B.kone. (my dream)
    We need back up for siem as we saw clear yesterday we don’t have creative MF:
    We should add one of these:
    Grenier. (My dream)
    We also need big strong forward that can trouble opponents the whole 90min
    Add one of these:
    Lacazatte(my dream)

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    expat and all you other haters,

    your making excuses for him already, you can blame the WC ,injuries , and the fact it’s just a pre season all you like , but the fact is nothing has or will change ,

    forget about who played in the game yesterday , and look at where pardew said the problem was, he tried to shift the focus from the defenders and MF to the attackers,

    in 90 mins of football we scored 1, yet in the same 90 mins we conceded 3 ,

    pardew just sees the game differently,

  • colwell

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    I see QPR are signing Isla, Harry has realized he defense is useless and has gone all out and bought a new one in.

    We were up there with most goals conceded last year and have let arguably our best defender go. How is Pards expecting s to stop conceding with the same average at best defense?

    Yesterday showed again that we have NO supply to the attack Perez and Riviere never had a shot in either half and we rarely ot the ball up there. This is against a mid table Spanish side who should have won by at least 7.

  • Slank

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18


    Zaha and Welbeck are not big strong forwards that can trouble opponents the whole 90min.

    It is arguable that if they were they would play 90 minutes in every game but as we know that has not been the case. Perhaps Sir Alex didn’t know what he was doing ?

  • Slank

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19


    ‘Yesterday showed again that we have NO supply ‘

    I would say that yesterday showed again that if you put 11 players out who have never played together as a team there is every likelihood that they will not gel and not perform anywhere as near the players who always play together week in and week out.

  • same old shit

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    all good things cost money FACT. papering over cracks with signings that are very very cheap in todays market wont work, yes we may have bought good players but the FACT is they wont be good enough. Man City win league why? because they spend money.

  • south coast toon

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    watched a video of cisses goals yesterday and they were all great goals when he first came there seemed to be alot of quick accurate passing and plenty of bodies forward, hba and cabye or ba were always about, pards had it right there and needs to look back at whats gone wrong and learn from the good bits, i think cisse can hit form again if hes got supply and surrport , we were in the top six till chrimbo last year, our defence was really good for the start of one season, we need to sign greiner and aproven animal striker to put teams on the back foot like we did when cisse first arrived his goals looked effortless and natural he hasntv lost his ablity to do that he just hasnt had the service, we cant overhaul our defence now, lets carry on with what we are doing and go all out for attack we have a new right back to bed in , get a centre back or 2 come jan ,just an out an out striker and get cisse his mojo back, pards has to go then if we arent to far up the table but only for a top top manager

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Keeping the ball more on the floor can be taught to children and they will adhere to it. It’s hardly ground breaking when professional players do it more.

    Keeping the ball on the floor doesn’t miraculously make people improve their movement and when a players should receive the ball.

    Apart from a handful of games, the general movement of our players when linking with others is nothing short of appalling. That includes when we finished fifth. My dad would regularly come away from games in that season saying to me the standard of football was poor and I’d agree.

    I was always saying to hold off until the following season to see if it would improve than just nicking points and defending for our lives.

    Sure enough, just scraped relegation and last season we broke more records.

  • colwell

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23


    Not at all, i’d expect them not to be performing to their full potential of course, but these are professional footballers to be completely lost out there is ridiculous.

  • toontime

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Does anyone on here think that Cisse may come good again? I was watching clips on Youtube last night of the 13 goals he scored in his first half season with us. I just really hope he can find the form that he showed us back then. He’s clearly a confidence player and I’d love to see him hit the goals trail again.

    If that is the case, then we could have a reasonable attacking force with the players that we have brought to the club in the summer as well as the few that we already had. And therefore, it is clear that the priority must be the defence. We need a commanding centre half. A Brian Kilcline. A Darren Peacock ?!? A Jonathon Woodgate…

    Yes, even with the players we have got, we may need a new manager to allow them to play to their potential, but I’d rather have our squad than most of the other squads in the Premier League… I just hope that we can go back to the season we finished 5th and even the first half of last season (both of which were under Pardew) and start playing decent football, bringing results and enjoying ourselves again both on the pitch and in the stands.

    Let’s start the season in a positive manner… I think we all must realise now that being down about things and expressing our displeasure really doesn’t seem to get us anywhere. It could be a lot worse… We could all be Mackems?!?!?!?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Even in 5 a side I pass and move or make runs of the ball .

    Why under Pardew can’t our players even seem to do the basics ? . One or two players maybe but the whole fcukin team ? .

    A lot of people saying “oh, its only pre season” can’t see the bigger picture that nothing has changed .

    1) We still have no clear game plan

    2) Our defence keeps collapsing and Pardew just stands on the touchline looking lost

    3) After three years he persists with knocking set pieces long to Willo despite him having the worst set piece conversion rate I have seen at NUFC .

    4) Plays players out of position and wonders why we are disorganised .

    Fair enough we get beat pre season, I can take that . But when I see us playing no different than the run where we lost 14 out of 19 games is beyond worrying .

    Pardew said he had changed and he wanted to play on the front foot and “frettn” teams more, yet it took us 6o minutes to have a shot on target yesterday .

    At the end of the day all of these signings mean nothing if we still have this moron in charge and I still maintain the best move the club could make is to bring in a new manager .

  • stuart no9

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26

    mister tuff —-i think , and im sure you you realise , that the NZ tour was not so much of a pre season tour in a football sense,but a chance to advertise SD in that part of the world to celebrate the opening of the shop there , but yeah , madness , for a couple of games that, to be honest didnt learn much about the team, tactics, i dont think anything was achieved for such a treck.

  • Newcastleforlife

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    at slank,

    according to transfermarkt we have 31 players who are 21+
    if we let 9 21+ years go we will have 22 remaining, if we sign the 2 i mentioned total 24:)

  • Blofal

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #28

    I know there will be a lot of people that disagree with me but I have a feeling that Kinnear was doing Ashley a favour by coming in and coping the flak for bringing in no permanent transfers for 18 months.

    I honestly think it was Ashley’s plan all along and he knew the fans would erupt so he got his good mate Kinnear to come in and basically make a fool of himself.

    When you think about the things Kinnear did, not bringing in any players, not doing interviews except initially where he seemed to make every conceivable effort to antagonise the fan base. He didn’t actually do anything and wasn’t even seen to be trying to. He went on holiday in the middle of the transfer window FFS. I don’t think he was meant to do anything but give the fans a target for their anger over lack of signings rather than the heat being directly on Pardew and Ashley himself.

    And if that was the plan for a large part it worked.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Rumour mill
    Connor Whickam could be following Colback to the TOON?????
    and we were joking in the pub yesterdasy about it – would sic the Mackems off even more

  • Newcastleforlife

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30


    grenier is a no.10, not a number8

  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #31

    It’s strange or should I say typical of MA, spending money but trying to cut a few corners by not getting a proven striker and CB in.
    personally its a gamble our defence is poor and without the goal scorer we could play well and end up with no end

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #32

    After about 15 mins in yesterdays game the Malaga players realized that they only needed a barebones defense to cope with our attack, after that until halftime they just poured men forward at times there was 5 Malaga players in and around our box.
    Pardews comments were spot on and he fixed the prob at half time

  • Bambams

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    You are not the only one who thought that. I was at a football talk in just last year and a former toon keeper said that was the reason JFK was brought in….to stop transfers.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34


    Sorry but I disagree mate as it doesn’t matter who is on the pitch be it new players or the same as last season the footballing style or lack of it is still evident to see,shite containment football which we are shit at by the way with the hope we can nick the odd goal! Pre season or not it’s still the same and under the puppet it’s highly unlikely to change anytime soon!

  • Slank

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    Charlie @ 29

    I have been saying for weeks that we should go for Connor Whickham.

    He is proven in the Premiership. Is the right age. Has lots of talent enough that the club were reputedly looking at him a few years ago. He would have no problem fitting into the club and relocation would obviously not be a problem. It would also be another two fingers to them down the road.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    I rate Shelvey. Can’t believe we’ve signed Colback. We need to get rid asap. If Pardew plays Colback ahead of Abeid and Anita, i’ll go ballistic.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Facundo Ferreyra is a great signing for us. If we sign Lacazette, Grenier and Alderweireld, i’ll be pleased.

    Don’t be surprised if we sign Denswil. I have already recommended him to Graham Carr.

  • Slank

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #38


    Well that’s settled then.

    Sell 7 now. Buy 2 now. Loan out 5 now. Sell 3 in January if no improvement.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    I throw a curve – ball – would you swap him for HBA?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    I’d be satisfied if we signed Adam Johnson, Shelvey, Nathan Redmond and Micah Richards.

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